Delta Air Lines dropped its nonstop Dallas-Honolulu service
April 1 and turned its Atlanta-Honolulu service into a one-stop via
Los Angeles.Northwest Airlines discontinued its San Francisco-Honolulu
flight May 1 but will increase service from Minneapolis.
HONOLULU -- Air carriers with service to Hawaii are adjusting their
schedules to fit changes in the economy, while local players Aloha
Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines are starting up new routes.
The following is an update on air service to Hawaii:
The airline's once-daily roundtrip flight from Minneapolis to
Honolulu will continue year-round. In the past, that flight had
been a winter flight only.United Airlines discontinued its nonstop Chicago-Honolulu
flight Feb. 14, but started a new San Francisco-Maui flight Feb.
With the changes, United has 19 flights a day to Hawaii,
including eight to Honolulu, six to Maui, three to Kona on the Big
Island and two to Kauai.
United's managing director in Hawaii, Norm Reeder, said air
service here likely will decline this year.
"Seats are going to ratchet down in 2001 due to the economy and
the move by the major airlines to newer but smaller aircraft," said
Airlines that substitute a DC-10 for a 767, for example, can lose
up to 40 seats a flight, he explained, while those that substitute
a 777 for an older 747 could lose up to 100 seats a flight.
United, predicting an increase in travel to Kauai in July and
August, also is adding a third weekly flight from San Francisco
from the first week in July to early September, Reeder said.Aloha Airlines started service four times a week from Oakland,
Calif., to Kona on April 5.
On May 1, it started service from Las Vegas to John Wayne
Airport in Orange County, Calif., continuing to Honolulu. It will
start service from John Wayne to Maui on June 1.
The airline already offers service from Honolulu and Maui to
Oakland and Las Vegas.
All the carrier's new mainland routes use 737 aircraft.Hawaiian Airlines is starting Honolulu-San Diego service June
15 with one roundtrip daily on a DC-10.
The airline also recently took delivery of the first of 13 new
717 planes for use on interisland routes. The new planes will
replace an aging fleet of DC-9s by the end of the year.
At the same time, Hawaiian said it will lease three new 767
jets, starting in October, to replace three of 14 DC-10s used on
its mainland routes.
A spokesman said Hawaiian plans to replace its entire fleet of
DC-10s -- some of which are more than 20 years old -- but the
carrier does not yet know when or with what type of aircraft.
Hawaiian will take delivery of the three new planes in October,
November and December.Continental Airlines increased its Houston-Honolulu service
from one daily roundtrip with the addition of a second roundtrip
that will fly five days a week through Sept. 5.